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August 5, 2014

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Undead Artillery or Making My Own Balefires

by PeterG
Another angle

Looking for targets

 

From the start, artillery pieces seemed a natural choice for turning into dioramas when basing for Kings of War.  I had some wooden circles I’d picked up at a craft store years ago that I thought would be a good size.  I figured since war machines have no flanks but attackers always triple their own attacks against them basing them differently made sense, sort of like characters in Warmaster (an old Games Workshop 10mm fantasy wargame).  I also had a couple of “bone catapults” that had been part of a collection I had purchased on eBay even more years ago.  They seem to be bad copies of very old Citadel figures, lost detail, multiple mold lines, and cast in tinny metal so they have rattled around my bits boxes for a while. While digging out the pieces to assemble them I also found gravestones, bone piles for flavor, and various skeletal body parts.  I have wanted a reason to use the two torsos carrying skulls (Mantic Games Balefire crew sprue) since I picked them up.  My original thought was ships’ crew but we haven’t played Pirates! in way too long and this project was in front of me.

Yep, these will work out nicely.

Yep, these will work out nicely.

making sure the crew will fit.

making sure the crews will fit.

After testing that the size and shape of the bases looked good with the machines I assembled my crews.  I painted everything separately before building the units. As I worked on them, I decided that the two crew per cataplt Mantic shows just wasn’t enough. So I added another, finding three to have better visual balance. I used Golden Textured Medium to add texture for dry brushing and hide the individual bases. I built up the color from a dark brown to a light buff before sprinkling on some of the Woodland Scenics materials I mix together to base my other Undead figures. That way they will tie in visually even if they are based on circles. Now, back to the Flame Cannon and crew I’ve got part way through this same process…

Put that over there

Put that over there

I like the guy in front chopping skulls for ammunition.

I like the guy in front chopping skulls for ammunition.

Checking range...

Checking range…

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brian Miller
    Aug 5 2014

    How many years have I been running Pirates? You just needed an excuse to spend more playing with your skellies. 😉

    They look good.

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    • PeterG
      Aug 5 2014

      You know me too well. To add weight to your opinion, I ordered three more crew sprues (yes you can order individual crew sprues!) from Mantic last time.

      Reply
  2. Aug 5 2014

    Great textures for your base!

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